To save energy in fall and winter, you should start getting your Arlington, Virginia, home ready for the colder weather now, while it’s still warm. You can lower your utility bills, help the environment by reducing pollution, and keep your home more comfortable for you and your family. Prepare for fall and save energy by adding a humidifier, using window coverings, and taking care of your HVAC system.
Adding a Humidifier
Dry fall air can irritate your sinuses and cause a sore throat, dry eyes, and red, itchy skin. Low humidity will also make your home feel colder making you feel the need to increase the temperature. It will also extract moisture from wood floors and furniture, leading to cracking and splitting. You can prevent these problems and reduce your energy bills with a humidifier. Since moist air holds more heat, you will be able to use your furnace less and save energy while still increasing comfort. Increasing indoor humidity to recommended levels also keeps many viruses from spreading.
Using Window Coverings
Hang thick drapes as close to your windows as possible to increase insulation. Drapes should reach all the way to the floor and completely cover the window. You can make them even more effective by attaching them to your walls with Velcro and using two drapes hung together to create a tighter air space. Close curtains at night and open them during the day to let sunlight in and make your home warmer.
Take Care of Your HVAC System
To prevent costly problems that waste energy, have your HVAC system inspected by a professional in fall is necessary every year. By scheduling annual heating system maintenance, you will be sure your system will be ready to take on the winter temperatures. You should also check your air filter once a month and change it at least every three months to keep your system working at peak efficiency. A clean filter improves your indoor air quality and reduces allergies as well.
Brennan’s Heating and Air Conditioning has over 35 years of HVAC experience. We can help you to save energy in fall by installing, maintaining, and repairing your HVAC equipment. Call us anytime at 703-491-2771 for excellent service.
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